Disney Babies in Dreamland Collection by ASHTON-DRAKE

Karen and I have finally decided to adopt a little boy! We held off for many years because we didn’t want the disruption of our lifestyle and/or dirty diapers. But we think we have finally found a way to have the best of both worlds:

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Shhh, we finally got him to sleep!

This line of Disney-related dolls was released between 1998 and 2001. I don’t know the exact number of babies in the batch but I do know that dolls with Mickey and Minnie were released in 1998, dolls with Goofy (shown in this post), Donald, Daisy, and Pluto were released in 1999.

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This series of dolls was released by the Ashton-Drake Galleries. Here is what the official website has to say about their products today: Dolls, dolls and more dolls! The Ashton-Drake Galleries Online offers a wide selection of unique and exclusive collectible dolls – each one created with exquisite care, expert craftsmanship and quality that is unparalleled. Showcasing the work of Master Doll Artists like Linda Webb, Waltraud Hanl, Cheryl Hill and Linda Murray, these beautiful babies are second to none!

Featuring a dazzling selection of collectible baby dolls, child dolls, fantasy dolls portrait dolls and even monkey dolls, you’re sure to find a doll that captures your heart. When you shop our unique gallery of collectible dolls, prepare to experience beautiful originality, exquisite details and expertly tailored costuming. You’ll find adorable NFL dolls that celebrate your favorite football team in style and Disney dolls that bring you the enchantment of their beloved tales through superb hand craftsmanship. There are so many dolls to choose from and they are sure to warm your heart, which ones will have a forever home with you?

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The artist that designed the dolls for the Disney Babies in Dreamland collection was Yolanda Bello. Yolanda Bello was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the US at the age of 14. Although lacking in formal training, Bello began sculpting dolls in the late 1970s and won the DOTY prize for doll design in both 1985 and 1986. After producing a small number of her own dolls, Bello was recruited by US doll manufacturers Ashton-Drake and Knowles. She founded and is the president of Chicago-based Bello Creations, a specialist doll producer.

The Disney Babies in Dreamland dolls came with a receiving blanket and a small version of a Disney character wearing a bib with his or her name on it:

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Baby Goofy

 Notice baby Goofy has only one of his teeth. Too cute! Value on these dolls is between $10 and $20 at auction, but you will see them for sale on sites like eBay for anywhere between $75 and $100 or more.

FUNNY STORY: My wife and I love children but have decided not to have any of our own. But just to make sure my wife maintains that resolve I have threatened that if we have any children, I would name a boy Hebrew (Heb for short) or a girl Aramaic. These are two of the three main languages that the Bible was originally written in.

What has really succeeded in keeping my wife with the baby-free program is the thought of having a son named Heb! 26 years of marriage and not a diaper in sight!

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